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QUARTERBACKS

Cam Newton (Panthers): A lot of people are chalking up Newton’s Week 1 dynamic performance to the inept Cardinals defense. It’s a fair point, but Newton was poised, accurate and found Steve Smith, his top target. While he needs work on his mechanics and doesn’t step into his throws, he can still produce fantasy numbers, especially with his ability to run the ball. He passed for 422 yards, 2 TDs, one INT and rushed for 18 yards on eight carries with a TD. He’s a QB2 with a lot of upside. He’s likely to struggle against Green Bay, but it’s a good test.
 
Rex Grossman (Redskins): Grossman had a good game against the Giants with 305 yards passing and two TDs. If you’re in need of a QB or need someone for this week, Grossman makes a good play. He gets the Cardinals, who were atrocious against rookie Cam Newton. Grossman looked very confident against the Giants.
 
Chad Henne (Dolphins): The Dolphins are going to throw the ball. They plan to give Reggie Bush 20 touches with many of those coming on receptions. Henne put the ball in the air 49 times and completed 30 against the Patriots Monday night for 416 yards with two TDs, one INT and rushed for 59 yards on seven carries with a TD.
 
RUNNING BACKS
 
Cadillac Williams (Rams): The Steven Jackson owner will be in hot pursuit with S-Jax likely out in Week 2 with a quad strain. Williams looked good against the Eagles with 91 yards on 19 carries and five catches for 49 yards.
 
Ben Tate (Texans): If he’s available, get him. Most of his value ties to the health of Arian Foster, but if Foster is out again, there is tremendous upside with Tate. The Texans offensive line is terrific and Tate had 24 carries for 116 yards with a TD. The best news was coach Gary Kubiak praised his pass protection skills. Derrick Ward also has value if Foster is out.
 
Darren Sproles (Saints): Sproles was terrific in the Reggie Bush role. He caught seven passes for 75 yards in Week 1. The return of Lance Moore might hurt Sproles, who is a solid flex play in PPR leagues.
 
LaDainian Tomlinson (Jets): Tomlinson won’t be as valuable as last season, but if Shonn Greene continues to look mediocre, LT will get touches, especially in the passing game. He caught six passes for 73 yards in Week 1.
 
Deji Karim (Jaguars): Karim didn’t do a lot with his touches, but Maurice Jones-Drew will be held back slightly early on and the Jaguars will run a lot. Karim rushed for 33 yards on 13 carries and caught 39 yards on three carries.
 
WIDE RECEIVERS
 
Jordy Nelson (Packers): It was unclear how the Packers deep receiving corps would shake out. Nelson was involved with six catches for 77 yards and a TD and just missed a second TD. Nelson might have some quiet weeks, but he’s going to be a solid WR3 most weeks with the chance for a breakout.
 
Devery Henderson (Saints): I wouldn’t go crazy over Henderson. Robert Meachem is the preferred add, but Henderson should get more snaps with Marques Colston out. In the past, Henderson has big games and then disappears. He caught a TD in Week 1 last season and didn’t score the rest of the season. He caught six passes for 100 yards in Week 1. Adrian Arrington is a name to monitor in very deep leagues.
 
Deion Branch (Patriots): I wasn’t sure he would be in the mix much, but Chad Ochocinco barely played since he’s having trouble picking up the offense. He caught seven passes for 93 yards in Week 1.
 
Greg Salas (Rams): He should get some time in the slot with Danny Amendola sidelined. He can also make something happen after the catch. He’s an add in deep leagues.
Domenik Hixon
 
Randall Cobb (Packers): Caught two passes for 35 yards with a TD and returned a kickoff for a score. Add in leagues that count return yards. It will likely take an injury for his role to increase in the Packers offense.
 
Domenik Hixon (Giants): If Hakeem Nicks is injured, Hixon will start.
 
TIGHT ENDS
 
Fred Davis (Redskins): He spent a lot of time on the field and the Redskins plan on going with two tight end sets. He had five catches for 105 yards against the Giants.
 
Jermaine Gresham (Bengals): Gresham is a good fit for the Bengals short-passing game. He caught six passes for 58 yards with a TD.
 
Evan Moore (Browns): Ben Watson is the main tight end, but it appears Moore is going to get red zone looks. He caught three passes for 35 yards and a TD.
 
Ed Dickson (Ravens): Dickson is essentially the third wide out for the Ravens. He caught five passes for 59 yards with a TD.

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